The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the full Senate's confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed.
It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers - and by his fiery rebuttal. And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.
"We were both able to have a robust fight over something both sides care deeply about and still work together on other issues at the very same time", he said.
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Shortly after the vote, President Donald Trump applauded the Senate for confirming his "GREAT NOMINEE". The fire and brimstone predicted by the left-leaning media may or (more likely) may not occur, but the media will, either way, have plenty of content to fill an ever-hungry news cycle. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court. He expressed empathy for sexual assault victims, but said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received a letter with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from Christine Blasey Ford, requesting anonymity.
Democratic Senator Edward Markey countered, saying Kavanaugh has been a "rubber stamp for a far right-wing agenda". The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote.
In the end, Ford's accusations were not enough to sink Kavanaugh's appointment - but they did help make it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since Thomas was elevated with a 52-48 vote.
Because senators confirmed Kavanaugh to the court, she hoped the public would take action in future elections. "I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo global trip to Africa.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote.
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Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on U.S. law.
Hundreds of people rallied in front of Trump Tower then walked to Times Square to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And they've sent women and survivors of sexual assault a chilling message: "politics come before justice in the U.S. Senate".
"Don't let anybody tell you that he is obligated to a President Trump", said Sen.
"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh". That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a Kavanaugh backer who was attending his daughter's wedding back home.
The attorneys also again addressed controversy over Ford's supposed reluctance to let the Judiciary Committee interview her in California.
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Ford's story that was uncorroborated to launch character assassinations on Judge Kavanaugh did not sit well with voters". If the Senate and House go in opposite directions, it's rare and will prove a bump from the Trump-Kavanaugh combo.